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    I want to learn sign language. This is a stupid question, but is there one universal sign language, or are there many different ones?

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    Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

    Originally posted by Muslimm View Post
    I want to learn sign language. This is a stupid question, but is there one universal sign language, or are there many different ones?
    This I Dont Understand lol.. Why do you want to learn sign language sis? You´re deaf? Why would a "normal" person want to learn sign language? Im not being disrespectful, but i thought only deaf people could learn sign language.

    Forgive me for my ignorance ..
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      Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

      Originally posted by Sophiia View Post
      This I Dont Understand lol.. Why do you want to learn sign language sis? You´re deaf? Why would a "normal" person want to learn sign language? Im not being disrespectful, but i thought only deaf people could learn sign language.

      Forgive me for my ignorance ..
      You could become a translator Have you never seen someone who can speak and do sign language? Look at Mr Tumble for example:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/somethingspecial/

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        Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

        Originally posted by Sophiia View Post
        This I Dont Understand lol.. Why do you want to learn sign language sis? You´re deaf? Why would a "normal" person want to learn sign language? Im not being disrespectful, but i thought only deaf people could learn sign language.

        Forgive me for my ignorance ..
        why would they not want to, if they have the opertunity? its always good to expand ur knowledge and languages, never know when u may need to speak to someone, so its good to have the basics...

        and yes muslimm there are different ones, american sign language and british sign language are slightly different

        what mr tumble does is makaton which is a simplified one generally aimed @ children with special needs, and also used for baby signing.
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          Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

          Originally posted by Sismael View Post
          You could become a translator Have you never seen someone who can speak and do sign language? Look at Mr Tumble for example:

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/somethingspecial/
          Oh my... reminds me nice memories of my au pair year in UK, Mr Tumble!!!!!

          It's truly a beautiful language

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            Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

            Its different in each country...and just like language variations with dialects and the like, there are similar regional differences within a country's sign language too. If you are in England then Google 'British Sign Language (BSL) courses' and narrow the search the down to your local areas. It is very beneficial to learn and like someone said, its good for translating to deaf people and just think of how many you could communicate with as well as teaching Muslim deaf people Islamic knowledge.

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              Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

              Originally posted by Muslimm View Post
              I want to learn sign language. This is a stupid question, but is there one universal sign language, or are there many different ones?
              I used to wonder that too
              Just gonna try till the day i die...

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                Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                Originally posted by Sophiia View Post
                This I Dont Understand lol.. Why do you want to learn sign language sis? You´re deaf? Why would a "normal" person want to learn sign language? Im not being disrespectful, but i thought only deaf people could learn sign language.

                Forgive me for my ignorance ..
                Sign language is particularly useful in certain jobs such as in health care field, teachers, police officer where they have to deal with deaf people now and then in their job environment. For example, if you are a nurse and a deaf patient came in - knowing sign language is very useful to have a conversation for communication .

                I did the Basic British Sign Language course, I really enjoyed it, it was fun and I didn't feel uncomfortable talking to deaf people after that. I think most of sign language is the same but it depends on what course someone has studied to distinguish any differences. British alphabet sign language spelling is the same throughout Britain but not sure if they use this in somewhere like India though.

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                  Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                  i heard the chinese use a very funny one!

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                    Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                    Originally posted by Muslimm View Post
                    I want to learn sign language. This is a stupid question, but is there one universal sign language, or are there many different ones?

                    glad to find someone who has my same dream , i would like to learn sign langauage too , answering your question , i belive i heard once that it differs according to the language and the culture , but i dunno how much it differs .
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                      Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                      I know American sign language, but I don't know if it is the same in other countries.

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                        Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                        there aer different sign languages in different places, british sign language and american sign langauge are different, there's also an Arabic sign language, and I expect quite a few others.
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                          I know a little makaton, but not proper sign language...... I'd like to learn it but there are not many opportunities to do so!
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                            Re: sign language- is it the same everywhere?

                            Originally posted by Sophiia View Post
                            This I Dont Understand lol.. Why do you want to learn sign language sis? You´re deaf? Why would a "normal" person want to learn sign language? Im not being disrespectful, but i thought only deaf people could learn sign language.

                            Forgive me for my ignorance ..
                            Why would anyone want to speak French? I thought only French people could speak French...........?

                            errrrrr because deaf people are people too (and "normal" for that matter, being deaf does not affect your intelligence or ability to socialise!!!) Sorry but your post comes across as ignorant and rather prejudiced.... :scratch:

                            There was a sign language interpreter at my university, in the neurobiology lectures, cause of one student who was deaf. I remember the lecturer stopping mid sentence to ask how to say "medulla oblongata" in sign language. (apparently you just spell technical words like that with the letter signs) Deaf people are frequetly isolated from hearing people, due to not sharing a common language, this would not happen if more people learned sign language. It would have been nice to be able to speak to this student without the sign language interpreter. I think sign language should be a GCSE subject available in all schools.
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